Minaret Traverse South Notch to the Gap

Mammoth Lakes, California

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The traverse of the Minarets involves over a linear mile of continuously difficult, exposed, and committing climbing. Sections of the traverse had been done as early as the 1930s, but the first full traverse was not done until 1982, when leading Tuolumne Meadows climbers Vern Clevenger and Claude Fiddler linked all of peaks on the ridge between South Notch and the Gap. A complete traverse of the Ritter Range from Iron Mountain in the south to Banner Peak in the north would rival the Palisade Traverse in terms of length and difficulty. As far as is known, this has never been done in a single push.
Climbing California's High Sierra

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Climbing California's High Sierra

by John Moynier & Claude Fiddler (Falcon Guides)

The traverse of the Minarets involves over a linear mile of continuously difficult, exposed, and committing climbing. Sections of the traverse had been done as early as the 1930s, but the first full traverse was not done until 1982, when leading Tuolumne Meadows climbers Vern Clevenger and Claude Fiddler linked all of peaks on the ridge between South Notch and the Gap. A complete traverse of the Ritter Range from Iron Mountain in the south to Banner Peak in the north would rival the Palisade Traverse in terms of length and difficulty. As far as is known, this has never been done in a single push.

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Mammoth Lakes
Class: Class 5.9 and above
Local Contacts: John Muir Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Ritter
Grade: Grade VI
Driving Directions: Directions to Minaret Traverse: South Notch to the Gap

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May 2018